Embracing International Volunteer Day at Amway

Dec 30, 2015

The UN General Assembly coined December 5 as International Volunteer Day (IVD) – a day celebrated by Amway, organizations and individuals around the world. This day is a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, share their values, and promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private sector. This year’s theme was, ‘The world is changing. Are you? Volunteer!’

We are proud to report that more than 30 Amway countries embraced the theme and got involved for IVD! Amway Europe specifically focused their volunteer activities around Amway’s commitment to health and wellness as a company. Amway Europe’s global day of volunteering was also a continuation of the success of Amway’s 10 year anniversary volunteer day in 2013 – making this their third year of rallying employees and Amway distributors to impact their local communities.

Here are a few highlights from this year’s volunteer events:

Spain
60 children in need from “El Gallinero”, one of the poorest areas of Spain spent an afternoon playing with more than 40 employees and distributors in a playground with a trampoline, bouncy castle, ball pool, etc., followed by a healthy snack time and some activities related to healthy nutrition.

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Netherlands
An Amway Netherlands ABO Leader organized a Nutrition Obstacle Course in her school in Zeeland: 50 children aged 7-8 years were challenged by 8 volunteering mothers to complete the nutrition and physical activities of 8 stations, among them a smell memory sense station and a teeth brushing hygiene station.

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Slovakia
35 children from orphanages in Bratislava, together with 15 distributors, employees and NGO volunteers, had a great time doing sport and creative activities combined with a healthy lunch.

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France
38 girls participated in the Nutrition Obstacle Course in a school in Lyon. 7 volunteers – staff, distributors and teachers – prepared 8 stations, among them a food pyramid and a final joint ‘eat in colors’ buffet which the participating children thought was delicious.

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Austria
Amway Austria cooked together with the children of Austrian Children’s Cancer Aid. 15 Volunteers organized an amazing event which was attended by almost 250 distributors. The Austrian Affiliate donated 5000 Euro to Austrian Children’s Cancer Aid and above of that St Nicholas brought healthy gift bags to all of the children.

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Belgium
A team of 12 Amway Volunteers – distributors, staff and teachers- participated to organize and hold a Nutrition Obstacle Course in Brussels for 30 children.

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Germany
26 employees created a children’s play room in the facilities for refugees next to the European headquarters so that all volunteers had the chance to get to know the refugees and also play with the children in the new room.

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Estonia
20 volunteers and 12 children participated at Kristiine’s Youth Center going 7 main tasks related to food and nutrition and physical activities. All the tasks were completed by the children and Amway volunteers helped them in every step of the process.

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Finland
Matti Lamberg from the Finnish ice hockey team Helsingfors IFK performed some physical activities with the children as well as distributors who hosted 6 different activity stations from the Amway CSR Toolbox at an indoors activity park in Helsinki.

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Hungary
150 volunteers and 200 children in 7 cities of Hungary organized a nutrition obstacle course, gave Santa packs to children, Zumba danced and sang Christmas carols at Children’s hospitals.

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Iberia
Amway Iberia collaborated with Terra dos sonhos (Dreamland), a Portuguese NGO that aims to make dreams come true for children diagnosed with chronic or in advanced stage diseases. Amway organized an art workshop with the participation of 30 distributors and 4 employees with a play on the topics of friendship and healthy habits.

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Italy
For the second year in a row, Amway Italy partnered with Stop Hunger Now NGO to provide ready-to-be-used meals for disadvantaged children. Amway staff and distributors volunteered to pack a total amount of 10,000 meals for the Soweto Academy kids in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya.

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Ireland
More than 40 distributors and guests joined young Athletes from Special Olympics Ireland and Father Christmas, giving the Young Athletes their Nutritional packs and raising funds during the day for Special Olympics Ireland.

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Lithuania
Amway Volunteers together with healthy nutrition experts visited the “Aušros” kindergarten-school and helped 36 children to fulfil 7 different tasks associated with a healthy lifestyle.

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Poland
The Centre for Rehabilitation, Education and Care “Helenów” specializes in supporting children with a wide spectrum of developmental disorders. 25 Volunteers and approximately 40 children took part in activities at 6 stations where volunteers explained the need to eat fruits and vegetables and exercise.

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Turkey
Partnering with the Volleyball school of the Turkish Volleyball Federation, 50 distributors and more than 90 children participated at an event where stations with themes of healthy nutrition and sports were placed in the Volleyball court.

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UK
At the London Experience Centre, over 20 Amway distributors and staff helped to fill and gift wrap 100 Amway One by One mugs which contained nutritional treats and gifts for children. These gift mugs were presented to the charity “Make Some Noise” in London that support children.

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Ukraine
Amway Ukraine partnered with the program, “Kids for Peace”, having spectacular sports entertaining competition of school teams to promote a healthy lifestyle.  It enrolled about 150 children in one day. Amway organized play stations about nutrition and related topics where Amway employees acted as the volunteer trainers.

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Amway Donates $25,000 to the TODAY Toy Drive

Dec 17, 2015

Cassandra Hayes, Manager of Executive Communication and Corporate Affairs, appeared live on the TODAY show this week to announce a $25,000 donation that was generously gifted on behalf of Amway and its Independent Business Owners during their 22nd annual toy drive. Amway has supported the toy drive for years with both cash and product donations. In it’s 22nd year, TODAY has reached 4 million underprivileged children across America and the U.S. military bases abroad. Being a part of spreading Christmas cheer is inherit to Amway’s belief of helping people live better lives.

Community efforts at Amway Taiwan in the spotlight at International Forum for Volunteerism

Dec 07, 2015

Sixteen years of community work through Amway Taiwan’s corporate social responsibility program was highlighted at a forum hosted by the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) during a session titled “Corporate Volunteering in the Global Age”.

Shirley Chen, General Manager of Amway Taiwan, was the keynote speaker at the October 6 forum in Tapei. She mentioned that the Amway Taiwan’s CSR work began in 1999. The program expanded in 2002 when Amway Taiwan established Hope Maker, providing donations to select charitable organizations and employment opportunities for disadvantaged individuals through the sale of charitable items by distributors. At the end of 2012, Amway Taiwan initiated a charity foundation within Amway Hope Makers to provide after-school tutoring and additional dream fulfillment opportunities for young people in the program.

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At the end of 2014, the Amway Hope Maker program, which was expanded to a year-round offering, sold more than 367,000 charity products and garnered more than $472,000 for the program participants. At the same time, Amway Taiwan donated more than $2.8 million to selected domestic Non-profit Organizations (NPOs), including charity funds and schools, benefiting more than 23,000 people.

Kenn Allen, founder and president of Civil Society Consulting Group, L.L.C. and the vice general secretary of IAVE, spoke during the forum and introduced the Chinese translation of his book “The Big Tent: Corporate Volunteering in the Global Age”. Amway Taiwan’s stories from Hope Maker and associated philanthropic initiatives are profiled in the book.

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Give On Today – #GivingTuesday

Dec 01, 2015

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Want to help fight childhood malnutrition?

Nov 24, 2015

Amway people are wonderful supporters of the corporate mission to help people live better lives. This has been demonstrated for decades in hundreds of communities around the world.

With the Nutrilite™ Power of 5 Campaign, we’re taking this commitment to a new level by fighting childhood malnutrition in partnership with international experts including the United Nations Foundation, the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), CARE, Glasswing International and others.

And we need your help. Giving Tuesday is the perfect time to consider making a donation and getting involved.

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Just $10 USD provides 30 days of nutrition for a child in need – and making a donation is easy, at powerof5.nutrilite.com. All donations go to CARE and local humanitarian organizations to support the distribution of Nutrilite™ Little Bits™.

Here’s how it works…

Giving Tuesday, December 1, 2015, is a global day dedicated to giving back. We hope to leverage this occasion to educate people about the Nutrilite™ Power of 5 Campaign and to inspire them to make a donation toward our goal of providing 5 million Nutrilite™ Little Bits™ by the end of 2016.

Please visit powerof5.nutrilite.com to make a donation and learn more. You can also support the program by donating your social media account to the Nutrilite™ Power of 5 Campaign for the day and posting messages like these:

  • HAPPY #GIVINGTUESDAY! It doesn’t matter what you give, only that you give. #powerof5 powerof5.nutrilite.com
  • EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS: Please join me on #GivingTuesday with a donation to the #Powerof5 Campaign to fight childhood #malnutrition! powerof5.nutrilite.com
  • #GIVINGTUESDAY is an international day of giving & #malnutrition is an international problem. Learn how you can help by providing essential nutrients to malnourished children. #powerof5

Give some time, get some time: Doing for others does you good, too

Sep 29, 2015

Feel like you never have enough time? Stress level rises when you think about all the things you need to get done? Results from a 2012 study suggest that when people give away their time, they feel as if they have more of it.

People who volunteer “feel more capable, confident, and useful. They feel they’ve accomplished something and, therefore, feel that they can accomplish more in the future.” And this self-efficacy creates an attitude that time is more expansive, according to Cassie Mogilner of University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and lead researcher of a 2012 study on time perception related to volunteerism.

Time affluence (the researchers’ term for the subjective sense of having more time) is increased when using one’s time for others, whether making a meal for friends or volunteering at the local soup kitchen– anything that entails spending time for the sake of someone else.

Forbes contributor Mark Horoszowski found many benefits to volunteerism. Beyond feeling like you have more time, volunteering helps people learn new skills, builds experience, makes them happier, and keeps them healthier.

The connection between health and volunteerism was evident in UnitedHealth Group’s Doing Good is Good for You: 2013 Health and Volunteering Study: 78 percent of people who volunteered reported lower stress levels, and 76 percent said that volunteering has made them feel healthier.

And when it comes to work/life balance, volunteering seems to influence for the better. A recent study by Swiss researchers, highlighted in a February 17, 2015, nymag.com post, found that people who volunteered were “less stressed and less likely to feel burned out at work.” Participants reported a better sense of work/life balance. Volunteering, say the researchers, “may contribute to a greater sense of balance for workers which might in turn positively influence health.”

Volunteerism is rooted in the Amway culture too: More than half of the corporate employees at corporate headquarters participate in some type of volunteering, from one-to-one mentoring to daylong build-a-playground events.

Founders Council Members Visit Zambia

Sep 25, 2015

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Earlier this year we invited our Founders Council members to join the Nutrilite Power of 5 Leadership Circle and make the commitment to continue our fight against childhood malnutrition.

This week, we were pleased to host two members of the Leadership Circle on a trip to Zambia, where we have been distributing Nutrilite Little Bits since a pilot program launched in 2011. Leonard Kim from Korea and Victoria Han from China will made trip along with several members of their teams.

Click here to read more about the recent trip on the Amway Insider Blog.

Nutrilite and AC Milan: A partnership for athletes and children

Sep 23, 2015

When two organizations come together to benefit world class athletes and children in need, it’s impressive…

Nutrilite renewed its partnership with AC Milan in 2008 effective through June 2016 – bringing together the world’s number one manufacturer of dietary based phytonutrient supplements and the world’s most successful football (soccer) club.

The result is optimal performance on and off the field – through the collaboration of our Nutrilite nutrition scientists and MilanLab, AC Milan’s high tech interdisciplinary scientific research center.

In addition, the two organizations are working to improve the health and well-being of underprivileged children in Italy, through the Amway One by One Campaign for Children and the Milan Foundation.

  • Together, Nutrilite and AC Milan sponsored the center for pediatric vascular anomalies at the Vittore Buzzi Children’s Hospital in Milan, where thousands of children from throughout Italy receive the highly specialized care they need.

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  • The partners built multi-purpose sports facilities for children living in two especially impoverished areas of Italy: Pagliare di Sassa, in the Abruzzo region affected by the 2009 earthquake; and an area of Naples where there had been no community center for children.

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  • A recent beach volleyball tournament supported the Milan Foundation’s School Workshop program, which helps older kids develop skills to enhance their success at school and on the job.

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“AC Milan Foundation’s philosophy is consistent with the Amway One by One Campaign for Children approach and we are happy to have had the opportunity to cooperate with them on and off the field,” says Michael Meissner, Amway Europe. “ For more than seven years, many projects have been implemented that concretely help disadvantaged kids in Italy reach their full potential.”

 

 

AMWAY BUSINESS OWNERS SHINE IN VOLUNTEER EFFORTS NATIONWIDE

Sep 10, 2015

One ABO uses her own harrowing experience to help others with cancer.

Another ABO sees opportunities to enhance the lives of creative schoolchildren.

A third ABO assists police officers responding to trauma on the streets.

And the fourth ABO brings children together to celebrate musical theater.

Meet Louise Batchelor, Emily McGann, Cathy Brown and Patty Austin. Amway North America recently honored all four Amway Business Owners for their individual efforts as “National Volunteer Week Winners” for the varying ways in which they reach out to adults and children.

Louise discovered she had cancer while recovering from a serious auto accident. She turned her own pain into hope for others similarly diagnosed, by co-founding “Companies for Hope.” The organization provides a welcome bag, travel pillows, journals and more to cancer patients and their caregivers moving back and forth between their homes and medical centers.

Louise says she’s motivated by one thought: “How can I bring joy into this person’s life?”

Meanwhile, Emily McGann assists an Illinois school with fund-raising and logistics to sponsor kids in annual Odyssey of the Mind (OM) competitions.

“I’m there to help kids with teamwork challenges, offer perspective, ask questions, and help with their critical thinking skills,” she says.

This past year, Emily’s students advanced to the OM World Finals, and through diligent fundraising, raised $17,000 for registration, room, board and transportation to the event.

In neighboring Indiana, Cathy Brown is responsible for making sure Indianapolis area police officers are properly outfitted with trauma kits so they can better respond to victims with serious injuries.

Her initiative has drawn the interest of other communities nationwide, prompting her to create a Facebook page entitled “Trauma Kits for Police Officers.”

“As ABOs,” says Cathy, “we’re not just learning the business; we’re learning how to make a difference in people’s lives.”

Patty Austin feels the same way. Her project benefits children excited about musical theater. She volunteers so that kids can learn by participating in Broadway-style performances through a group called “Music Theater for Young People.”

Like her fellow honorees, Patty is proud of the role she plays in the community, and of being part of an organization like Amway, which places such a high value on assisting people in living better lives. “I’m just a person who likes to help others,” she says.

Amway dedicates hundreds of hours to United Way’s Day of Caring

Aug 12, 2015

Amway Corporate took part in United Way’s Day of Caring on September 11 with more than 145 employee volunteers sharing about 555 hours of their time with the local community.

2015 marks the 10th year Amway has participated in Day of Caring at locations throughout West Michigan. During this year’s gathering, volunteers met 50 second grade students from Sherwood Park Elementary at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum where they enjoyed free play time together. They also went to the Grand Rapids Public Library where the students had story time, arts and crafts activities and a scavenger hunt with their mentors for the day.
Forty other volunteers went to the Franciscan Life Process Center in Lowell, Michigan.

“We helped with landscaping, trimming bushes and trees, clearing out invasive species and generally doing beautification work on the grounds,” said Bryleigh Loughlin, volunteer coordinator for Amway Community Relations.
Still more volunteers went to Camp O’Malley, a Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids project that offers young people the learning and fun that comes with a summer camp experience. Amway volunteers cleaned the cabins and restrooms, pulled the docks out of the water, and did some painting and repair of the nature lookout decks.

The fourth project of the day was at Camp Manitou-Lin, a project of the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids in Middleville, Michigan. Volunteers there, too, cleaned cabins and restrooms, and also cleaned horse saddles and other riding equipment.

“It’s really inspiring the things you can accomplish in a single day when you get a motivated group of volunteers together,” Loughlin said. “We like to get involved with projects like this where we can make an impact close to home.”